More than 90,000 people used Inishowen ferries last year

A total of 71,417 passengers and 23,346 vehicles used the Greencastle-Magilligan ferry last summer. The future of the service remains in doubt however with a deadline of tomorrow for a new operator.

Some 27,478 vehicles ferried to and from peninsula during summer of 2016

Inishowen’s car ferries carried more than 90,000 passengers across Lough Foyle and Lough Swilly last summer.

In addition, both vessels ferried 27,478 vehicles to and from the peninsula in 2016 – new figures have this week revealed.

The Foyle ferry was responsible for the vast bulk of the numbers, carrying 23,346 vehicles and 71,417 passengers between Greencastle and Magilligan during July, August and September.

A total of 18,840 passengers, including 14,697 adults and 4,143 children, boarded the Lough Swilly ferry, while the Buncrana to Rathmullan service was used by a total of 4,132 vehicles.

The Swilly route operated for a period of 91 days last year, from June 17th through September 15th, ferrying an average of 207 passengers every day.

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Donna Roddy